Dana Martin Writing

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Dana Martin Writing

Diary of an obit writer

You didn't choose me

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Dear Families: I want you to know that I cry over your loved one. From the time I leave our interview, even if I’m able to hold it together for the 90 minutes spent talking to you, I break down the second I get alone in my car. Your extraordinary grief transfers to me. I cry hard sometimes. I release everything I held in while you were tearfully telling me about your mom, son, husband, wife—biting the inside of my cheek to keep from making a bad situation worse. And …read more

I knew I disliked January

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I spent my last post decrying NYE and wishing away the the entire month of January. To that, January replied: “Hold my beer.” By the time most people read this, the staggering headlines will have lost most of their sting about basketball’s most tragic death and the demise of the other folks who were aboard Kobe Byrant’s helicopter when it went down. And it took something like Kobe Bryant’s death to eclipse the other news story that made national headlines six days before that, when the man from Fresno, Calif., …read more

Extended December

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Anyone who knows me well knows I can’t stand NYE, or, to be honest, the entire month of January. The whole “starting over” thing is a bit overrated for me; I’d rather hit the ground running without yammering on about regrets, changes or new diets. I love the holidays, but I don’t count New Year’s (eve, day) as part of that. This Christmas was beautiful, though, and full of good humor, plenty of wine, and laughter with friends and family. I cooked a LOT, threw several parties, and played Christmas …read more

Please have snow and mistletoe….

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One of my FAVORITE Christmas songs is by Michael Bublé, his version of “It’s Beginning to Look at Lot Like Christmas.” Several years ago, I worked at a Christmas event, and that song kicked us off every night. Something about the way it begins… it’s magical. SO many of my happiest memories happened during Christmas (even though part of my heart will always belong to Halloween): The white chocolate peppermint mochas from Starbucks, warm beanies, furry mittens, cold noses, and, of course, decorating, baking, and listening to Christmas music non-stop. …read more

A toast to a new book!

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I took this photo in my office when I learned that my second Christmas book will be available on Amazon before Thanksgiving! This is my celebratory toast to my illustrators, who are solely responsible for making me look good in the books my company has been producing since this summer. Juan (who enjoys a good Malbec) lives in Argentina and Isabel lives in Spain, and their talent gives life to my words. As an aside, just when I stop omitting the reminder that I’m not doing resumes for a while… …read more

On the eve of October

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Twas the night before October, and all through the house, All the creatures were stirring, except for my spouse. He was golfing! Big shock! He was gone all the time, But his absence, you’ll see, is clearly no crime! When he leaves for long hours, the elves have a scheme: Sneak up to the rafters and collect Halloween! The scarecrows, the witches, jack-o-lanterns and bats; The vampires and clowns, Frankenstein and black cats! Grab all the things scary and take them inside, Decorate the WHOLE house, keep it up ’till …read more

Facebook’s memory lane

A yearly reminder of how far you've come

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Facebook has this feature to remind you of what you were doing “on this day” in the past. In the same way the news media scours for dirt, Facebook will mine your social history to show you your past, exposing some posts you wish would disappear, like my dorky posts from when I discovered Facebook in 2008, when we used to post as ourselves in 3rd person (Dana is…. “eating ice cream.”). Happily, though, it also shows more recent posts, like when my grandchild was born one year ago. Most …read more

September, oh September!

Do you remember... the 21st night of September??

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My interviews are finished, and I cannot BELIEVE how many highly qualified, beautiful, educated, faithful, amazing women applied for a job with me! They each said they’d heard wonderful things about SHE and wanted to be a part of it. THAT IS GOD! I am so grateful to Him for this amazing new journey He established for me, mending my broken heart and showing that He has a reason for every closed door, without which I would not have this new business or the children’s books I’m writing. The Tucson …read more

Life must… be… fun

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A friend who visits this site regularly said that I post only photos of myself that are posed or “perfect”… never candid, goofy or, in his words, showing my authentic self. Hmm. Challenge accepted. I do have a goofy side but very few see it or appreciate it, so I keep it mostly to myself and a very select few (my dog sees it a LOT). Also in my defense, this site IS supposed to be slightly professional. However, it’s August now, and any day I will be a grandmother …read more

Summer comes to an end…

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My daughter took this picture of me early one morning on a California beach–straight out of bed, coffee in hand and at peace. Peaceful moments don’t always last, so I grab them when I can and am grateful she captured one. It’s been a busy summer full of birthdays, trips, celebrations, and the upcoming arrival of my first granddaughter. My first book was published (available now on Amazon HERE), and I have two other books closely following. My work is starting to get busy again with the start of the …read more

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